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Feudalism in the Medieval West: ‘The Tyranny of a Construct’

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The adjective ‘feudal’ is probably the only contribution of specialist research on the medieval past to the modern, general English vocabulary. An entire epoch in European history is still routinely described as ‘feudal’, usually by historians of later periods. In this talk Dr Ryan will explain why historians found this concept so helpful, some recent challenges to this old picture, and what his own research on medieval law and politics brings to these debates.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Humanities Society talks series.

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